When I was a young child a very popular game we played at school was called “Follow the leader.” No matter what the kid did in the front of the line, you did it too. If they jumped, you jumped, if they ran, you ran, if they put one hand up in the air, so did you. The rules were simple and easy to understand.


Today, we are living in a strange world of “Follow the leader” but, unfortunately, the rules of our best loved childhood games are not so simple anymore.


Playing house: This mandate called for by the Governor’s office didn’t mean everyone, only those he considered non-essential. That was a lot of people.


Cooties: Who knew that a keep away game would come in so handy later in life?


Spin the bottle: When determining who gets to go to the store, this fun game makes the odds more even.


Restaurants: Get your Styrofoam boxes and be on your way.


Word scramble: A local fast food drive thru has an odd sign that says “Please do not sit on property due to Governor’s orders.” Unfortunately it wasn’t correctly worded – what it should have said was “our outdoor seating area is closed at this time”. Yes, people can sit in their car and eat.


Hair Care: Even though licensed hair care personnel are highly trained in a healthy work environment they were singled out and left by the side of the road. Good luck learning new techniques on Youtube.


Home School: Guess what kids, now is the time you get to see how smart and creative your parents really are. Hopefully you will also learn traditional math skills (which you will use in the real world).


Twister (Beach edition) This new game requires you to stay in constant motion. Sitting in the sand, reading or just taking a nap is now a punishable by a ticket (where applicable).


Tic Tac Toe: The new layout design for any business that allows people to sit. Don’t get too close or you will be out!


Cops and robbers: The new fun twist includes the art of shopping without a mask on while wondering if a man with a badge is going to show up.


Simon Says: Listening to someone tell you what to do when really you are starting to question things, a lot of things. Maybe Simon needs a snickers.


Dodge Ball: The art of conveying your opinions on Facebook without getting pummeled by strangers.


Hide and Seek: A game where a person goes out (for shopping/exercise/socializing) after bashing people for the same thing.


Mother May I: The new fun game where people are hanging up clear curtains (shower curtains) in order to hug loved ones. There are a lot of huggers out there and this is clearly making them nuts.


Rock, paper, scissors: The new handshake. No longer is human contact allowed and the elbow thing is a bit weird since you are supposed to cough into it.


Red light, green light: The new social skill of having events like graduation parties, weddings, birthdays. People are allowed in the same proximity only by design.


Remember knowledge is power, now is the time to be creative and questioning. Take care of yourself and those you love and get out in that sunshine!


Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.